Shannon Lee Meara was a beautiful, kind and compassionate young woman. As a child, her infectious smile and golden curls drew attention wherever she went.
Shannon was a graduate of Woburn High School and attended Suffolk University. She was interested in various world cultures and was dedicated to furthering the cause of human rights. To pursue this goal, she had enrolled in classes to complete her law degree.
Shannon was never able to fulfill her goals. On January 18, 2008, she was murdered by a gunshot wound to the head by an ex-boyfriend. Her body was found in a dumpster two days later.
Shannon was only 24 years old at the time of her death and will be forever loved and missed by all who knew her.
A quote from Shannon, engraved on her headstone, is a message to us all: "Life’s too short. Take life one day at a time... tomorrow’s never promised".
In honor of Shannon’s compassionate spirit, and to help prevent such a tragedy happening to someone else, her family and friends created the Shannon Lee Meara Foundation to educate high school students about the dangers of dating and domestic violence.
Through fundraising efforts, the Foundation sponsors a dating and domestic violence program for high school students. The program funds classes taught by youth education specialists to promote healthy dating relationships. The Foundation also awards an annual scholarship to a high school graduate who has had a positive impact on dating and domestic violence issues.
June 19th, 1983 -
January 18th, 2008
Shannon Lee Meara Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Sons of Italy, Woburn, MA
168 Lexington Street Woburn, MA
7pm - Midnight
Food, music, super raffle, 50/50, gift baskets & more!!
7th Annual Shannon's Run
Saturday, May 31, 2014
From Sons of Italy - Woburn, MA
Kickstands up at 11AM SHARP!
Donation includes a motorcycle ride through scenic North Shore, chowder & sandwiches at the beautiful Gloucester Elks and a cookout with dancing and music upon return to the Sons of Italy
$20 donation for riders
$10 donation for passengers
Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
THE SHANNON LEE MEARA FOUNDATION
A Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization